Launch Event for the Ten Poems of Kindness - 26th April 2017

The evening began with an introduction by Di Slaney, Director of the publishers, Candlestick Press. Makar or Scottish poet Laureate, Jackie Kay, spoke about her involvement with the publication and reads chosen poems, including her composition, ‘Kinder’, and Kindness by Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet, Jonathan Davidson, read further poems and then handed over to Pershore High School Sixth Form student, Ella Spencer, who read ‘Thirteen’ by Kate Tempest. Lucy Alexander then spoke on behalf of the family about ‘Felix’s Campaign of Kindness’. Jackie Kay completed the readings with her own composition, ‘Dear Felix’ (text below). After this, Ella Spencer, Rebecca Hodgins and Bryony Meek performed ‘Waves’ (a cover version of a song by Dean Lewis) as they had at Felix’s Memorial Service on 7th April. The booklet is available for £4.95 from Candlestick Press Ltd, Diversity House, 72 Nottingham Road, Arnold, Nottingham. NG5 6LF.

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Dear Felix

 

Here you are Felix, looking into the future You never got to have,

Your mum smiling at your side, Your dark brown eyes, warm, kind.

Here you are again, Felix Coming into empty rooms, Filling them with light, Walking across the fields in the early light,

Crossing the old lines Your spirit lifted, your parting gift, this: A legacy of kindness. A new friend in the wilderness.

If you could come back, Felix, You’d know how much you were missed, are loved; Whether the moon is full or crescent, Your absence is a presence.

You would take it back if you could, Turn back, turn around, come back. If they could they would take it back; The mean things they never meant to mean.

In your name and with you in mind, We will, Felix: we promise to be kind.

 

Jackie Kay

 

Photographs by Jacob Spencer